Film premiere of South 2015: an Antarctic voyage to remember
1900 Wednesday 14 June 2017
Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
A spectacular and moving film about the work done to commemorate Britons who lost their lives in British Antarctic Territory gets its first showing at a special event introduced by Polar explorer, Felicity Aston MBE.
The British Antarctic Monument Trust created the Antarctic Memorial in the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral as well as Antarctic Monuments in both Cambridge and the Falkland Islands. The film explains the project: there’s an account of the 2015 voyage of MV Ushuaia to the Falklands, South Georgia, Signy and the Antarctic Peninsula with 85 Antarctic veterans, relatives, friends and supporters aboard; Antarctic Memorial designer, Graeme Wilson, and stone letter cutter, Fergus Wessel, share their work in St Paul’s; Oliver Barratt, sculptor, describes his vision of the Antarctic Monument and why he designed it in two parts, a theme that is taken up by Professor Julian Dowdeswell, director of the Scott Polar Research Institute, and by Professor Dame Jane Francis, Director of British Antarctic Survey. The film covers the dedication of the Southern monument in Stanley by the Bishop for the Falkland Islands, Nigel Stock, and follows the voyagers landing at South Georgia. Most significantly, it celebrates the spectacular landscapes of the Antarctic Peninsula where those commemorated lived, worked and died.
Bar opens 1800. Question and answer session follows the film showing.
Tickets £14, available from Eventbrite www.south-2015.eventbrite.co.uk
All profits to The British Antarctic Monument Trust, Registered Charity 01123064
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It’s almost time to decide on The Shackleton Award …
The purpose of The Shackleton Award is to honour outstanding expedition achievements and to inspire today’s explorers to new expeditions into unknown territories or conditions. The award will be given annually to an expedition found to be ‘real and novel, un-motorized and within polar areas or conditions’.
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The 2016 AGM took place on Friday 4 November at 6.00pm in the Lower Hall at Dulwich College, followed by drinks around the boat in the James Caird Hall.
Afterwards in the Great Hall Mr Tim Jarvis, leader of the successful Shackleton Epic Expedition, gave a lecture entitled ‘An Explorer’s Life’, followed by dinner.
The evening was a great success and will be more fully reported in the 2017 Newsletter.
Future dates for your diary:
May Dinner: Friday 5 May 2017
2017 AGM: Friday 17 November 2017 *Note the new date
16 October 2016
Lt Col Henry Worsley MBE (1960 – 2016)
Henry Worsley died in January 2016 and his ashes will be laid to rest in Grytviken, South Georgia. Henry was a great Polar hero, who was tragically taken ill having walked 913 miles across Antarctica unsupported and unassisted.
Ice Tracks Expeditions will be carrying the ashes on a special 18-night commemorative voyage to honour and celebrate the life of this much loved man who strode in the footsteps of Scott, Amundsen and Shackleton; the latter also, of course, buried in South Georgia. For more information on this trip, please contact Ice Tracks.
18th June 2016
An important new polar book, Polar Mariner, Beyond the Limits in Antarctica by Captain Tom Woodfield, OBE, has just been published by Whittles Publishing, Caithness.
In her Foreword, HRH The Princess Royal comments that ‘The Antarctic and its adjacent waters remain as hostile now as they were in the Heroic Age of Exploration…furthermore, throughout this valuable text we are reminded of even earlier courageous mariners and explorers.’
Initially working for the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey, now the British Antarctic Survey, Tom Woodfield navigated Antarctic seas for 20 years in uncharted, ice-filled waters, often in ferocious and life-threatening weather. This is a dramatic story of exploration and endeavour in the footsteps of the early pioneers.
The author also describes the majestic scenery and abundant wildlife with calls made to Patagonia, Tristan da Cunha and St. Paul’s Rocks.
For more details, visit www.whittlespublishing.com/Polar_Mariner